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Requirements for Admission

  1. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the U.S. or proof of equivalent education in a foreign institution.
  2. Satisfactory subject preparation and grade point average (GPA).
  3. A two- to three-page statement of purpose.
  4. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the student’s academic abilities.
  5. TOEFL score of 550 or higher for international applicants whose first language is not English or who have not completed a university degree in the U.S.
  6.  An academic writing sample, approximately 10 pages in length

Concentrations

  • Standard M.A.
  • US-Mexico Border History
  • Teaching History

Degree Plan

M.A. in History

Required Credits: 30

MA in History (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Research Seminars:
Select two courses from the following:6
Seminar-United States History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar in World History
Seminar-Latin American History
Seminar: European History
Studies Courses:
Select three courses from the following:9
Studies in Public History
Studies in United States Hist
Studies in World History
Studies in Latin American Hist
Studies in Borderlands History
Studies in European History
Thesis/Non-Thesis Option:
Select one of the options9-15
Other Electives:
Select two courses from the following:6
Studies in Public History
Studies in United States Hist
Studies in World History
Studies in Latin American Hist
Studies in Borderlands History
Studies in European History
Seminar-United States History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar in World History
Seminar-Latin American History
Seminar: European History
Total Hours30-36

Thesis Option

HIST 5398
HIST 5399
Thesis
and Thesis
6
Select one from the following:3
Seminar-United States History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar in World History
Seminar-Latin American History
Seminar: European History
Total Hours9

Non-Thesis Option

Thesis Option:
Thesis
and Thesis
Non-Thesis Option:
Independent Research
Select three additional courses with at least one Research Seminar and one Studies Course from the following:
Studies in Public History
Studies in United States Hist
Studies in World History
Studies in Latin American Hist
Studies in Borderlands History
Studies in European History
Seminar-United States History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar in World History
Seminar-Latin American History
Seminar: European History
Independent Research
Thesis
Thesis

M.A. in History with a concentration in Border History

Required Credits: 30

MA in Border History (All courses require a grade of C or better)
Research Seminars:
Select two courses from the following:6
Studies in Borderlands History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar-Latin American History
Studies Courses:
Select three courses from Studies Courses offered by History Department; at least two must come from the following:9
Studies in Public History
Studies in United States Hist
Studies in World History
Studies in Latin American Hist
Studies in Borderlands History
Studies in European History
Lit./Method Bordlands History
Lit/Meth Mex/L. Amer. History
Thesis/Non-Thesis Option:
Select one of the options9-15
Other Electives:
Select six hours from the following:6
Studies in Public History
Studies in United States Hist
Studies in World History
Studies in Latin American Hist
Studies in Borderlands History
Studies in European History
Lit./Method Bordlands History
Lit/Meth Mex/L. Amer. History
Seminar-United States History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar in World History
Seminar-Latin American History
Seminar: European History
Total Hours30-36

Thesis Option

HIST 5398/5399Thesis3
Select one from the following:3
Studies in Borderlands History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar-Latin American History
Total Hours6

Non-Thesis Option

HIST 5393Independent Research3
Select four courses from the following: 112
Studies in Public History
Studies in United States Hist
Studies in World History
Studies in Latin American Hist
Studies in Borderlands History
Lit./Method Bordlands History
Lit/Meth Mex/L. Amer. History
Seminar-United States History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar in World History
Seminar-Latin American History
Seminar: European History
Independent Research
Thesis
Thesis
Total Hours15
1

At least one course must be a Studies Course.

M.A. in History with a concentration in Teaching History

Required Credits: 30

MA in History (Teaching) (All courses require a C or better)
Research Seminars:
Select one course from the following:3
Seminar-United States History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar in World History
Seminar-Latin American History
Seminar: European History
Studies Courses:
Select one course from the following:3
Studies in Public History
Studies in United States Hist
Studies in World History
Studies in Latin American Hist
Studies in Borderlands History
Studies in European History
Required Courses:
Readings in US History to 1865
Readings in US Hist Since 1865
Teaching Courses:
Select two courses from the following:6
Teachng Social Stud in Sec Sch
Teaching in History Survey
Studies in Teaching History
Thesis/Non-Thesis Option:
Select one of the options6-12
Other Electives:
Select two courses from the following:6
Studies in Public History
Studies in United States Hist
Studies in World History
Studies in Latin American Hist
Studies in Borderlands History
Studies in European History
Seminar-United States History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar in World History
Seminar-Latin American History
Seminar: European History
Total Hours24-30

Thesis Option

HIST 5398
HIST 5399
Thesis
and Thesis
6
Total Hours6

Non-Thesis Option

HIST 5393Independent Research3
Select three additional courses with at least one Research Seminar and one Studies Course from the following:9
Studies in Public History
Studies in United States Hist
Studies in World History
Studies in Latin American Hist
Studies in Borderlands History
Studies in European History
Seminar-United States History
Seminar in Borderlands History
Seminar in World History
Seminar-Latin American History
Seminar: European History
Independent Research
Thesis
Thesis
Total Hours12